Invisible Avenger

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Invisible Avenger
The Invisible Avenger FilmPoster.jpeg
Original American film poster
Directed by
Written by
Produced byEmanuel Demby (producer)
Eric Sayers (producer)
Edited byJohn Hemel
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 2, 1958 (1958-12-02) (United States)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Invisible Avenger is a 1958 film noir crime film directed by James Wong Howe, Ben Parker and John Sledge. The film was a compilation of two pilot episodes of a 1957 Republic Pictures[1] TV show called The Shadow. When the show failed to sell, the episodes (one of which was directed by cinematographer James Wong Howe) were edited together and released as a theatrical feature called Invisible Avenger.[2]

The film was re-released in 1962 under the title Bourbon Street Shadows by the Louisiana-based MPA films.[citation needed] The episodes were shot on location in New Orleans.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

Pablo Ramirez is an expatriate from the Caribbean nation of Santa Cruz that is under control of a military dictator called the Generalissimo. From New Orleans, Ramirez plots a revolution and his return to Santa Cruz. To assist in this and to protect him from the Santa Cruz secret police who are in New Orleans he seeks the help of Lamont Cranston through a mutual friend, jazz trumpeter Tony Alcade. In the midst of a telephone call to Cranston, Tony is murdered by the secret police. Cranston and his metaphysical mentor Jogendra come to New Orleans to bring Tony's murderers to justice and freedom to Santa Cruz.

Though no one knows the identity of the crime fighting trouble shooter The Shadow who has telepathic powers, everyone knows that he can be contacted for help through Lamont Cranston. As Cranston protects Pablo from secret police assassination and kidnapping attempts, the Generalissimo broadcasts the execution of Pablo's twin brother that is shown on television in the United States in a scheme to draw Pablo into the open.



  1. ^ p. 128 Radio Daily-Television Daily Volume 78
  2. ^ Shimeld, Thomas J. (2003). Walter B. Gibson and the Shadow. McFarland & Co. p. 86.

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